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It's all over! The referee has blown their whistle to end the game.

82'

This is dangerous for the defence as Marius Simionescu bursts through to advance the Romania attack.

82'

This is dangerous for the defence as Patrick Pellegrini bursts through to advance the Tonga attack.

79'

Tonga decide to make a substitution, with Sione Anga'aelangi getting some game time.

74'

Tonga decide to make a substitution, with Paula Ngauamo being replaced.

74'

William Havili curls the ball too far, missing the posts to the left.

72'

Tonga decide to make a substitution, with Paula Latu getting some game time.

71'

Tonga decide to make a substitution, with Siegfried Fisi'ihoi being replaced.

71'

Tonga decide to make a substitution, with Steve Mafi getting some game time.

71'

Tonga decide to make a substitution, with Leva Fifita being replaced.

71'
Try

A series of passes by Tonga results in a try for Kyren Taumoefolau

70'

A gap opened in the defence and Kyren Taumoefolau took full advantage.

70'

That's a great try assist by William Havili.

70'

Tonga decide to make a substitution, with Siate Tokolahi getting some game time.

70'

Tonga decide to make a substitution, with Ben Tameifuna being replaced.

70'

Tonga decide to make a substitution, with Patrick Pellegrini getting some game time.

70'

Tonga decide to make a substitution, with Charles Piutau being replaced.

70'

Romania make a substitution with Mihai Graure coming on.

69'

Romania make a substitution with Fonovai Tangimana coming off.

69'
Yellow Card

Alin Conache (Romania) is shown a yellow card

68'

A gap opened in the defence and Kyren Taumoefolau took full advantage.

67'

A gap opened in the defence and George Moala took full advantage.

67'

Tonga make a substitution with Kyren Taumoefolau coming on.

67'

Tonga make a substitution with Solomone Kata coming off.

67'

William Havili curls the ball too far, missing the posts to the left.

66'
Try

Great hands by Tonga leads to a try for Solomone Kata

65'

The defensive line has been broken as Solomone Kata goes through the gap.

65'

Charles Piutau sets up the try.

65'

Tonga sub Manu Paea comes onto the field.

63'

Sonatane Takulua departs for Tonga.

63'

Romania sub Costel Burtila comes onto the field.

63'

Alex Gordas departs for Romania.

63'

Romania sub Gabriel Rupanu comes onto the field.

63'

Taliauli Sikuea departs for Romania.

63'
Conversion

The Tonga supporters go wild as William Havili successfully kicks the conversion.

62'
Try

Great hands by Tonga leads to a try for Pita Ahki

61'

The defensive line has been broken as Pita Ahki goes through the gap.

61'

Spellbinding play by William Havili is finished off with a try.

61'

The defensive line has been broken as Solomone Kata goes through the gap.

60'

Romania sub Stefan Iancu comes onto the field.

60'

Adrian Motoc departs for Romania.

60'

Iulian Hartig comes on for Romania.

59'

Alexandru Savin leaves the field.

59'

Damian Stratila comes on for Romania.

59'

Andre Gorin leaves the field.

59'

Rob Irimescu comes on for Romania.

59'

Ovidiu Cojocaru leaves the field.

59'

Penitoa Finau comes on for Tonga.

58'

Sione Vailanu leaves the field.

58'

What a run here by Solomone Kata as they get over the gainline!

57'
Conversion

The touch judges raise their flags as Alin Conache kicks the conversion.

56'
Try

A pinpoint kick has enabled Marius Simionescu to score the try.

54'

That's a great try assist by Nicolas Onutu.

54'

What a run here by Nicolas Onutu as they get over the gainline!

54'

What a run here by Taliauli Sikuea as they get over the gainline!

54'

Alexandru Bucur comes on.

51'

Florin Surugiu comes off.

51'
Conversion

The touch judges raise their flags as William Havili kicks the conversion.

50'
Try

The Tonga maul march their way over the white wash for Sione Vailanu to touch down.

48'

Afusipa Taumoepeau makes the break as the defence re-enacts the parting of the red sea.

46'

Romania sub Florian Rosu comes onto the field.

40'

Stefan Iancu departs for Romania.

40'

The second half kicks off.

40'

The half-time whistle blows and both teams head for the dressing rooms.

41'
Conversion

Alin Conache does the business as their conversion attempt goes over.

37'
Try

What an effort there by Florin Surugiu as they score the try.

35'

Fabulous play by Romania has led to Marius Simionescu being able to wriggle through a gap.

34'

Stefan Iancu comes on for Romania.

32'

Florian Rosu leaves the field.

32'
Yellow Card

Leva Fifita (Tonga) is shown a yellow card

31'
Conversion

Alin Conache does the business as their conversion attempt goes over.

31'
Try

The pressure has finally told as Cristi Boboc scores from close range.

29'
Conversion

William Havili makes no mistake with that conversion attempt.

22'
Try

Tonga are stopped just a few metres from the try line but Afusipa Taumoepeau picks up from the base of the ruck to score the try.

21'

This is dangerous for the defence as Afusipa Taumoepeau bursts through to advance the Tonga attack.

21'

That's a great try assist by Sonatane Takulua.

21'
Penalty Goal

Alin Conache does the business as their penalty goal attempt goes over.

18'

This is dangerous for the defence as Marius Simionescu bursts through to advance the Romania attack.

16'
Conversion

William Havili converts the try.

16'
Try

A bit of individual brilliance by George Moala leads to a try for Tonga

14'

A gap opened in the defence and George Moala took full advantage.

14'

Spellbinding play by Sonatane Takulua is finished off with a try.

14'

A gap opened in the defence and Leva Fifita took full advantage.

12'
Conversion

William Havili converts the try.

12'
Try

A series of passes by Tonga results in a try for Solomone Kata

10'

A gap opened in the defence and Solomone Kata took full advantage.

10'

Charles Piutau played a key part in that try.

10'

A gap opened in the defence and Ben Tameifuna took full advantage.

10'

A gap opened in the defence and George Moala took full advantage.

9'

Alin Conache steps up to take the penalty but pulls it wide and to the left.

4'

We are underway as the referee blows their whistle.

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Bonus Points Awarded

+1
7 Tries scored

Match Details

Romania v Tonga

Rugby World Cup - Round 5
Sun 8th October 2023, 11:45am EDT
Stade Pierre Mauroy

Points Flow Chart

Tonga win +21
Tonga
Romania
Tonga
Time in lead
Romania
73
Mins in lead
0
88%
% Of Game In Lead
0%
43%
Possession Last 10 min
57%
5
Points Last 10 min
0

Key Events

Full Time
Taumoefolau
45 - 24
70'
Conache
68'
40 - 24
Kata
40 - 24
65'
Havili
35 - 24
62'
Ahki
33 - 24
61'
Conache
56'
28 - 24
Simionescu
54'
28 - 22
Havili
28 - 17
50'
Vailanu
26 - 17
48'
Half Time
Conache
37'
21 - 17
Surugiu
35'
21 - 15
Fifita
21 - 10
31'
Conache
31'
21 - 10
Boboc
29'
21 - 8
Havili
21 - 3
22'
Taumoepeau
19 - 3
21'
Conache
18'
14 - 3
Havili
14 - 0
16'
Moala
12 - 0
14'
Havili
7 - 0
12'
Kata
5 - 0
10'
Start

Win Probability

Tonga
94%
Draw
1%
Romania
5%
Line Break by Marius Simionescu

Momentum

0'
HT
FT
Tonga
Romania

22m Entries

Avg. Points Scored
2.6
17
Entries
Avg. Points Scored
4.8
5
Entries

Attack Profile

Tonga
Romania
More Less More

Defence Profile

Tonga
Romania
More Less More

Ruck Speed

0-3 secs
60%
63%
3-6 secs
28%
30%
6+ secs
5%
2%
77
Rucks Won
65

Last 5 Penalties

68'
73'
75'
75'
80'
Tonga
Romania

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Who Will Win?

Tonga will go into their game against Romania as heavy favourites. Although neither side has won a game in Pool B (which was widely regarded as the ‘pool of death’ coming into the tournament), they have competed well against the top sides and look well placed to end their campaign on a high.

Meanwhile, Romania have unfortunately endured several heavy beatings at the hands of Ireland (82-8), South Africa (76-0) and Scotland (84-0). Although the game against Tonga will likely be closer, they will be underdogs.

Think you know which way that Tonga vs Romania will go? Vote in our poll below.

Head-to-Head

Since 2013, Tonga and Romania have faced each other four times. Both sides have won two of these games each, with Romania winning the latest encounter 32-20 in 2021.

Our data shows you what happened during the last two Tonga vs Romania games. As the two sides continue to face each other, this data will continually update and you’ll be able to spot patterns, such as how often the home team wins and how often the team that scores the first try wins.

Team Form

Both sides will enter this clash on the back of five consecutive losses. However, in truth, Pool B was always expected to be bruising for both teams and encounters with South Africa, Ireland and Scotland were widely expected to end in losses.

It’s safe to say that Tonga fared better against these international juggernauts, while Romania have been on the end of some heavy losses. Overall, as the data below shows, Tonga have recently performed better in terms of tries scored and overall points difference in their last five outings.

Player Head-to-Head

Games like Tonga vs Romania often hinge on one moment of individual brilliance. With this in mind, here’s how Sonatane Takulua (Tonga) and Florin Vlaicu (Romania) have performed recently. A big game from one of these stars could make all the difference.

Other Fixtures

Tonga vs Romania is an important fixture where both teams will battle to ensure they don’t finish bottom of their pool. However, several other important games that will determine the knockout ties are also taking place this weekend. Check out the latest fixtures and results below.

Tonga vs Romania 2023: Detailed Match Preview

On Sunday 08th October, 2023, Tonga will face Romania at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille.

This clash is a battle for the wooden spoon in Group B. Both sides enter the game on 0 points and both will be desperate to end their World Cup campaign with a win. Although neither team can qualify for the quarter-finals or gain automatic qualification for Rugby World Cup 2027, there’s plenty of pride at stake in this impending clash.

When was the first Tonga vs Romania game? When was the first Tonga vs Romania game?

The first Tonga vs Romania game took place in 2013. Since, the two sides have faced each other four times. Both teams have won two games each.

Have Tonga ever played against Romania at the Rugby World Cup? Have Tonga ever played against Romania at the Rugby World Cup?

No. This will be the first time that Tonga vs Romania has been a Rugby World Cup fixture.

Have Romania ever beaten Tonga? Have Romania ever beaten Tonga?

Yes. Although Tonga are favourites for this particular clash, Romania have actually beaten Tonga twice in the four games between the sides.

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